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Moisture transport and drying shrinkage properties of steel-fibre-reinforced-concrete.

Jafarifar, Naeimeh; Pilakoutas, Kypros; Bennett, Terry


Kypros Pilakoutas

Terry Bennett


Drying shrinkage has a serious impact on the structural and durability performance of concrete pavements. Shrinkage strain development and distress can only be fully understood by knowing the moisture transport and free shrinkage properties of concrete. This paper uses experiments and FE inverse analysis to determine these properties for conventional concrete (CC) and RCC reinforced with recycled-steel-fibres from tyres. Moisture diffusivity versus moisture content and a relationship between free shrinkage and moisture loss are derived. These values can be used to predict shrinkage strains and stresses in road pavements and other ground restrained slabs.


JAFARIFAR, N., PILAKOUTAS, K. and BENNETT, T. 2014. Moisture transport and drying shrinkage properties of steel-fibre-reinforced-concrete. Construction and building materials [online], 73, pages 41-50. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 22, 2014
Online Publication Date Oct 13, 2014
Publication Date Dec 30, 2014
Deposit Date Jun 2, 2016
Publicly Available Date Jun 2, 2016
Journal Construction and building materials
Print ISSN 0950-0618
Electronic ISSN 1879-0526
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 73
Pages 41-50
Keywords Drying shrinkage; Moisture transport; Recycled fibre; RCC; Pavement
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